Boozy prince parties at beach

2009-10-17 00:00

DURBAN socialite and businessman Prince Sifiso Zulu and his friends partied till dawn yesterday, attracting the attention of a Durban Metro police officer who thought they were in a hijacked car.

Zulu is facing two counts of culpable homicide after a hit-and-run accident in which his BMW X5 failed to stop at a traffic light and crashed into a bakkie carrying 12 people, killing students Hlengiwe Dlamini and Sidumisile Mncube.

Yesterday’s commotion came after Zulu and three friends had been drinking in the car park of the Pirates Life-Saving Club near Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

An off-duty Metro police officer passing by saw the revellers with beer bottles in their hands. She alerted the Metro police camera control room and patrolling policemen responded within minutes. Zulu and his friends were allegedly inebriated and could allegedly barely stand.

When Weekend Witness arrived, Zulu, wearing a yellow striped shirt, was seated in the back seat of the vehicle. One of his friends, wearing a blue sports jacket, walked around the vehicle.

Zulu got out to chat with an SAPS officer. A minute later; he was back in the vehicle.

When a Weekend Witness reporter approached to get a comment, the man sitting next to Zulu rolled up the window and refused to comment.

However, the man in the front passenger seat, with a beer bottle in his hand, rolled down his window and said: “What are you looking for, just f*** off from here, just f*** off.”

Zulu battled to keep his eyes open during the commotion.

The off-duty Metro officer told Weekend Witness a security guard told her that the four men inside the vehicle were armed.

“I waited and watched them walk down to the beach with their beer bottles. One of the men was asleep inside,” she said.

The policewoman said she looked in the vehicle and saw alcohol bottles and Zulu’s credit cards lying on the floor.

“At the time, I didn’t know that he was the same Zulu that was always in the news. The group then returned from the beach so we moved away from the vehicle,” she said.

She said she suspected that the men had hijacked Zulu’s vehicle after seeing a crumpled cheque and credit cards inside the bakkie.

“We called for back-up. Then someone recognised Zulu. The security guard who alerted us said that Zulu and his friends had been partying from the early hours of the morning. They also urinated on the nearby pavement,” she said.

She said they could not arrest the men as they were not causing a public disturbance.

A car guard said Zulu and his entourage were in the car park before she started her shift at 7 am.

“They were standing outside the bakkie and drinking. The music was on, but not too loud. They were having a good time. There were lots of beer bottles,” she said.

Police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu said they were aware of the incident but no case has been opened.

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